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Key Largo

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

As a destructive hurricane wreaks havoc outside, Army veteran Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart), war-widow Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall) and her invalid father-in-law face a worse storm inside the Temples’ tumbledown Florida hotel in Key Largo. Frank merely stopped by to pay his respects to Nora, only to find the hotel commandeered by exiled gangster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson). Will the war-weary Frank step up to fight again?

There are some movies that everyone just has to see, and this is one of them. From the top notch writing and directing to the world class acting, this film is the pinnacle of what great movie making is all about.

Bogart is in top form (much prefer her performance here to that of The Maltese Falcon), and his style is unmatched to any modern day actor. Bacall shows why she is (and was) regarded as the finest actress of her generation, playing Nora with a gritty deter
mination and desperation that has not been replicated since.



And finally there is Robinson, playing Johnny Rocco with such fire and intensity that you are fearful just watching the screen.

Considered the movie was made in 1948, the sound effects and storm recreation are outstanding. Without the use of modern technolofy, you feel like you are in the middle of the hurricane as it comes crashing through the hotel.

There is so much to say about this movie, I could go on for days, but it is just better for you to expirience this masterpiece for your self. And do it today.

5 out of 5 stars.

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